Are you being affected by the intense transitions at this time in our world ?
Are you actively stepping into your role as a Heart Activist ?
As someone who wants to take compassionate action on current world and local issues we want to support you to initiate that “driving force” with “soul force”. This Quest is meant specifically to foster your personal empowerment to strengthen your quality of leadership in the communities you can affect. Whether you already know where you want to focus your time and efforts or you are striving for clarity where you can be of the best service, this Quest will help you deepen your understanding of Nonviolent Direct Action and support your own realization of Being Nonviolence.
Traditionally, a Quest has been a time for deep listening to your inner compass while receiving the wisdom of those who have gone before you. We, usually, go on Quest into a wild place in nature so we can be uninterrupted by regular pacing of life and habituals behaviors. We Quest because we recognize that we have reached the limits of our current vision, and we need a new wider perspective to best bring forward our gifts to the world. On this Quest, in a virtual wilderness, we will take the moment to take a step back from our own life to be with the questions that arise within us so we can come back to taking actions with more clarity, sense of direction, meaning, and inspiration.
Consider taking this Quest if you want to…
- Serve your community with a greater level of empathy, honesty, and spiritual connection
- Be part of Nonviolent Direct Actions in the world while staying connected to your core values
- Gather inspiration and knowledge by studying the experiences of historical leaders in nonviolence like Badshah Khan, Cesar Chavez, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Henry David Thoreau, Nelson Mandela, Mohandas Gandhi, Viola Desmond, and many more
- Learn and connect with the experiences of current leaders like Alycee J. Lane, Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence, Betty Williams, H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hanh, Kandi Mossett, and many more
- Deepening your personal commitment to Being Nonviolence
- Bring more sustainability to your own activism
- Walk away from this journey with strong practices that will support you to create the life you want for yourself and in service of others
Online Quest Curriculum:
Through solo practices; triad practices; teaching and community calls; readings; video interviews; and group forums you will learn about nonviolent philosophy and historical context; nonviolent direct action; mindfulness; Nonviolent Communication; and deepen your understanding of Interdependence.
Every aspect of the course is designed to consider Universal Human Needs. This means that the course itself will evolve in part based on the needs of the group, with certain calls and curricula being tailored specifically to address those needs and whatever comes up for participants during the Quest.
Empowering the Heart Activist will cover the following topics (and not be limited to):
- Taking Direct Action in L.O.V.E. : Listening, Observing, Validating, and Empathizing
- Creating the quality of connection that builds long-lasting alliances in every aspect of our lives
- Learning to receive difficult messages without taking them personally, giving in, or losing self-esteem
- Opening a gateway to collaborative solutions that meet the needs of all concerned
- Engaged Mindfulness
- The Five Mindful Principles of Nonviolence
- Nonviolence – philosophy, history and practices
- Decolonization and Interdependence – philosophy and practices
- Understanding and Assessing strategic Nonviolent Actions
Your Guides on this Quest:
Catherine Cadden brings over 30 years of experience of organizing, leading, and participating in Nonviolent Direct Action regarding animal, educational, environmental, racial, and indigenous justice. She has dedicated her life to nonviolence and feels honored to share what she has learned and discover, everyday, more of what she further needs to understand to be of the greatest service to life.
Colin Perreault brings 15 years of cultivating empathy and connection among youth, families and community organizations. He has also been active in nonviolent direct action in social justice and environmental causes in Quebec, Mexico, Bolivia and Brasil. His study and practice of nonviolence in his own existence, witnessing the concrete positive outcomes, deepens his trust and belief in this approach to life. He is excited to support others to connect to their own true calling of engagement in nonviolence.
Most recently, Catherine with her involvement at Standing Rock and Colin’s direct action response to the Quebec City Mosque shootings, they felt called to bring forward this Quest for others. Believing we are in auspicious times, they wish to share wisdoms and experiences to others who are engaging the various efforts for peaceable change in the world.
Visit the Animators page to read more thoroughly about Catherine, Colin, and the rest of the team that will be supporting this Quest and holding space.
Commitment to Quest:
Whether you decide to take the Solo, Community, or Apprentice study version of this Quest, the journey will support you to live the “undivided life”: acting on the outside in a way that reflects your authentic self and integrates the principles of nonviolence into your life and choices in activism
Which Quest is best for me?
We are offering three ways to travel on this journey to better accommodate for modern lifestyles. It is important you choose the course of study that matches the level of time commitment you can make at this time in your life. We want you to be challenged in this Quest, without being overwhelmed. Consider your style of learning and how much time and energy you can commit.
Your Solo practices will be designed to deepen your understanding of the topics we are exploring. Plan to take at least 3 hours a week for your solo practices and additionnal time for group, tryad, and private session calls, depending on the Quest you choose. This is a 9 week program.
- 9 weeks of Solo Practices
- Audio and Video teachings by course leaders
- Interviews with special guests immersed in Nonviolence, Mindfulness, and Decolonization
- Articles and Reading material as it pertains to the coursework
- Unlimited access to Quest Portal: All materials will be centralized for your journey and easy to access
- Limited spaces available
- Everything from Solo Study
- Community Forum available in the Quest Portal for dynamic and supportive sharing
- 2 weekly Live Calls (1h30m each) for 9 weeks – 18 calls total:
- Tryad Calls with fellow Questers
- PDF Certificate of Completion with number of hours of training in Mindfulness, Nonviolent Philosophy, and Nonviolent Communication with CNVC certified trainer
- Limited spaces available
- Everything in Solo Study and Community Study
- 3 private sessions with the course leader of your choice
- Free Access to Play in the Wild! Special Sauce Sessions (webinars and online classes on specific topics running during this period)
- PDF + Paper Certificate of Completion with number of hours of training in Mindfulness, Nonviolent Philosophy, and Nonviolent Communication with CNVC certified trainer.
- Discount on future courses
YOUR ONLINE QUEST RESOURCES :
- The Online Gathering space available 24/7 where Questers will be able to chat live, post on the forum insights, questions, learnings, ideas, create discussions, share materials, and access a library of resources, including recordings of all our Teaching Calls, Circle Calls and Interviews with Guest speakers.
- Practices: designed to deepen your understanding of the topics we are exploring, and increase skills in empathy, Nonviolent Communication, Heart Activism, Mindfulness, Interdependence, Being Nonviolence, and working in a community setting. Practices will include Solo practices every week and Tryad practice.
- Rememberings: inspirations to support you in your practices
On the portal you will also find your:
Phone + Web
- Teaching Calls : At the beginning of the week, we gather for a 1.5 hour call to dive into the weeks topics and practices
- Circle Calls: Later in the week we have a 1.5 hour call for Sharing, Support and Connection
- Interviews with special guests: Interviews with leaders on specific topics and skills in the fields of NonViolence, social change, mindfulness, creative activism, health, etc will be covered.
- Tryad Meet-ups: This will be a weekly call with 2 other community members for Empathy and Skills Practice. These calls will be scheduled by you and your partners, at a time that works for you all.
- Private Mentoring Sessions (for Apprentice Level): One-on-one Support and Guidance with a Course Leader. You will choose either Catherine Cadden or Colin Perreault to be your guide for these private sessions.